Amarillo Records seems to go out of its way to find the weirdest, most uncompromising bands in existence, yet almost all of the artists on their roster are original and different from the others. You can get a taste of what Amarillo stands for by giving a listen to their You Can't Boar Like an Eabla When You Work With Turkeys CD sampler. A wide variety of musical styles are included, such as Satanic lounge piano (Anton LaVey's "Hello Central, Give Me No Man's Land"), a Middle Eastern alterna-dance march (Secret Chiefs Trio's "Assassin's Blade"), and demented lo-fi death metal (Faxed Head's "The Mechanic"). You'll also find the Dr. Demento-ish "Let's Turkey Trot" by Today's Sounds (side project of Meat Puppets drummer Derrick Bostrom), and a funny prank phone call from Great Phone Calls. It's rare nowadays that a record label is as uncompromisingly diverse as Amarillo, and at a modest $5 for over an hour of music, the You Can't Boar Like an Eabla When You Work With Turkeys sampler is worth every penny.
AllMusic Review by Greg Prato